We propose a novel intersubband laser based on transition between the ground-state heavy-hole subband (HH1) and light-hole subband (LH1) in a k-space region where the light-hole effective mass is inverted. The laser structure can be electrically pumped with a simple quantum cascade scheme. Our calculation shows that with only a small fraction of the carrier population in the upper subband (LH1), it is possible to achieve population inversion between the two subbands locally in K space where the light-hole effective mass is inverted. Optical gain in excess of 150/cm can be achieved with a pumping current density on the order to 100 A/cm2 at the temperature of liquid nitrogen.
Sun, Greg; Lu, Y.; and Khurgin, Jacob B., "Valence intersubband lasers with inverted light-hole effective mass" (1998). Physics Faculty Publications. 30.
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